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Rebecca Rubino plays “Little Red” in the OTE upcoming production of INTO THE WOODS.

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What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
For me personally, one of the most difficult things is not simply replicating the original Broadway production in my performance. As I read through the script and music, I can hear the original performers. So it is a trick being able to draw inspiration from them and yet honestly bring myself into the story as well. The music is also amazingly complicated which is one of the thrills and challenges of being in a Sondheim musical.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
The fact that the Witch, Baker, and Baker’s Wife are not on the same playing field, age-wise. Some people may find that aspect unbelievable, but it is actually one of my favorite elements of the casting of our show. The Baker and his wife so badly want a child and it makes so much sense that they would be older. They have tried to have a baby, failed, and now their only remaining opportunity has to come about through magic. It puts a different spin on it that I have not seen in other productions that is refreshing.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
The humor of the piece. At least I hope that is what surprises them. This show is dark, darker than people expect it to be since we are dealing with classic fairy tales, but I hope they also see the great humor and wit that runs through this show. It’s a very funny show, so don’t be afraid to laugh and enjoy it.

Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
Kyle. Be there.

How is this character like you? Different?
Little Red and I are actually very similar. We are both very snarky and share a fascination with the dark and mysterious. Family is also very important to us both. Little Red is a little more of a brat than I am. At least I hope I do not come off that way.

What do you love about this character?
I love her curiosity about the world. When you sit back and think about it, she is a very brave little girl. Some of that comes from the naivety of her youth and some from her sheer determination to accomplish her goals. I love that she does not let her fear control her. She faces things she is afraid of and that is very admirable.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
A younger version of Melissa McCarthy. I love her. She brings such heart to every character she plays while maintaining her comic genius. I would love to see what she could do with this character.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
“You can talk to birds?”

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
I would love to try and tackle the Baker’s Wife. She is such a complex, beautiful character. It would be such a treat to be able to see this journey through her eyes.

When did you first perform?
The first show I really remember was in 3rd grade. We did a play version of The Wizard of Oz. I played the witch. Initially I wanted to be Dorothy, but once I saw how much competition there was, I immediately switched over to the witch. And in all honesty, it was much more fun.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
That is such a hard question. One of my steadfast favorites is Sunday in the Park with George. I wrote my Master’s thesis on that show, so it will always be very special to me. But currently, another show I adore is The Bridges of Madison County. I fell in love with the music and then was blown away by the production I saw at the Ahmanson. So that is one show I currently listen to on repeat and would see any chance I had.

Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
There are so many actors whom I greatly admire that it is hard to limit it. One of them is Jean Smart. From all of her work that I have studied, I really think she can do anything. She has such a great range that I marvel that everything she does. But she is just one on a very long list that I won’t bore you with.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
In the park with George.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
The Light in the Piazza as Clara with Dawn Doherty as Margaret. That would be a dream come true.

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Jump up and down, shake out my nerves, close my eyes and say a little prayer.

Rebecca Rubino is thrilled to be playing Little Red in OTE’s production of Into the Woods. Previous OTE productions Rebecca has been involved in include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Nunsense! (Sister Robert Anne), Little Women the Musical (Jo March), and The 39 Steps (The Woman). She thanks Rori for the trust she gives to her cast and crew and all the hard-work and heart she invests into each of her productions. She would like to dedicate this show to her dear Marmee who she knows will always be there for all her days of plenty. She hopes you gather all of your wishes and enjoy your time going into the woods.


INTO THE WOODS, by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine, has the following performances: February 26th at 7 p.m.; February 27th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; March 4th at 7 p.m.; March 5th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and March 6th at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $15 General admission
*Parental Guidance recommended for children 13 and under due to adult themes.*
Children 12 and under free with paying adult.

To reserve your seats, email us at ajculver@otetheatre.com or call (949)689-3922.
Tickets are available for purchase online at  the Laguna Hills Community Center(class registration), or by purchasing them (Cash only) at the door on performance days. Personal checks and credit cards will not be accepted for ticket purchases at the door.

Director: Aurora Culver
Assistant Director: Josefine Damgaard
Music Director: Jared Pugh
Stage Manager: Michelle Lane

Featuring the talents of Marc Montminy, Claire Perry, Maggie Goodman, Anthony Kairouz, Rebecca Rubino, Dawn Doherty, Chris Hunter, Chris Diem, Teri Griffin,
Roger Sloan, Megan Demarchi, Nancy Higley, Tiffanie Battram, Katie Diem, Matt Acuña, Jadee Sumner, Jim Pack, and Kaleigh Krieger.

The City of Laguna Hills partners with On The Edge Theatre Productions to bring live theatrical performances to the Laguna Hills Community Center.

For more information please visit our website.